Well by forcing myself out of the shop, I've focused on carving out the characters of the piece. Ed the horse, from a previous blog, is shown right of centre. The four horse heads to the left are nearing completion. The two on the right only need eyeballs added when I'm back to the shop and they will be ready for paint. The other two still need a little shaping and some pyrography.
The dog is purposely a little chubby to allow room for the upper parts of the the mechanisms that move his head and wag his tail. Just think of him like one of those overweight canines that dine regularly at he dining room table in the homes of owners who aren't the most health conscious.
Hoss is the ranch hand. In this photo he is missing eyes and a chin. Not good things to be missing if you are going to get into a bar fight in a saloon! I'm still a little worried about Hoss. I have never made a character who's eyes move, mouth opens and head turns in such a small scale. I won't know whether it will work satisfactorily until his final fit up.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.